Dauphin, Canada

Students’ mental health in the Parkland is on par with the rest of the province.

That’s the findings from of the Grade 5 Mental Health Survey conducted in the 2015-16 school year.

The survey asked 25 core questions relating to topics including prosocial behaviour, emotional symptoms, and peer relationship problems.

Superintendent/CEO Donna Davidson spoke with us about some of the findings the division received.

“Our data results indicate that we are on par with the province and in some areas we are above the average. We reported, for example, with no difficulties especially the teacher completed it was higher than the average reported across the province. In that regard, we were pleased with those results.”

One aspect the division needs to work on is mental health and support. Davidson says they have been working on reducing the amount of anxiety and depression reported by students.

Some residents in Pine River are struggling to have a reliable form of phone communication.

Debbie Soloway, a resident of Pine River, tells us about the most recent issue.

“Every time it rains, we seem to have a lot of problems with our phone lines and on May 25 we had a rain of just over an inch. This time the phone lines went out, and we’re talking land lines, and some customers have not had any service from BellMTS and as of today, they still have not come out and repaired those land lines.”

There is very poor cell phone service in the area, and almost all of the residents rely on landline telephones.

Soloway has been placing calls on an old cell phone with a booster for seniors and those who don’t have cell phones. She is worried for those who may have an emergency and need to make a call but can’t.

“Well I just think in this day and age, and that is our communication system and we do pay hefty, hefty bills to have the service, the least they can do is look after the area. They’ve known for many years that these lines that we have here in Pine River, have been depleted to the point where they don’t work good.  Everybody’s phone is chattery on a good day, never mind give it a little rain or snow, and then we lose the entire service.  I think it’s time they come and fix the lines.”

A representative for BellMTS responded by saying they're only aware of four customers experiencing service interruptions.

They believe it to be weather-related and technicians will work to restroe service as soon as possible.

In the death of Sagkeeng First Nation teen, Serena McKay, the teen who filmed the beating and also attacked her, received her sentence yesterday.

After pleading guilty to second-degree murder, she received 40 months in custody followed by 23 months of community supervision.

The judge said initially after watching the video he was prepared to enforce the maximum time behind bars,

He then took into consideration the teen’s traumatic past and fact that she had no prior criminal record.

The second teen, which pleaded guilty to manslaughter, is still awaiting her sentence.

You can now register for a colourful fundraiser in support the Ste. Rose Arena.

The 1st ever Colour Fun Run in the community is raising money for the accessibility upgrades the area needs to allow everyone to easily use the building.

Madison Connolly, the Ste. Rose Recreation Director, explains where this colourful event is taking place.

“The fun run we are doing is 5 km and you don’t have to run. It’s going to start at Burnside Park in Ste. Rose. That’s basically the baseball diamond fields there, so we are going to start there.”

You can find registration forms online at sterose.ca. It costs $10 for 14 and up, $5 for ages 6-14, and is free for anybody 5 and under.

It takes place on the 17th at 1 in the afternoon. 

Colour Fun Run sign up forms can be found online at the sterose.ca or picked up at the municipal office.

Yard sales and garage sales are popping up around Dauphin and there are some rules you should know about before you start advertising.

The City of Dauphin’s By-Law Enforcement Officer is going around town looking for improperly posted signs.

City of Dauphin Assistant CAO, Sharla Griffiths explains the rules around posing your signs advertising your sale.

 “It is the City of Dauphin’s direction not to place them on public property or public land. That public land is the boulevards and side of the road, ditches. People are to place sale signs on private property. So, in front yards as an example or on fences. If those signs are placed in someone else’s yard please get their permission first.”

The bylaw enforcement officer is out in the community a couple times a day and more on Thursday and Friday looking for any improperly posted signs.

The Manitoba Metis Federation wants a judicial review of the provincial government's ending of a hydroelectric development agreement with the Metis.

The federation went to court wanting a probe of last year's decision to kill the deal that would’ve seen the M-M-F get $67 million in return for supporting new Hydro projects, including a transmission line to Minnesota.

The federation says the government doesn't have the right to cancel a legally binding agreement.

An initial court hearing is set for June 25th.

A hit and run in Winnipeg has police looking for 2 suspects.

The driver and passenger of a van that was involved in a fatal crash with a motorcycle on Saturday in Winnipeg fled the scene.

The motorcycle rider was transported to hospital in critical condition, but didn't survive.

They're asking anyone who may have witnessed the collision or has information on the incident to contact traffic investigators or Crime Stoppers. 

Thousands of people descended on downtown Winnipeg yesterday for the 31st Pride Parade, but non-binary people still face many barriers and face oppression in their day-to-day lives.

Manitoba's legislature defeated on a bill brought forward by the New Democrats last month to allow for gender neutral identification in the province.

Premier Brian Pallister says he supports gender neutral I-D, but says it shouldn't be done province by province.

A gender-neutral option has been offered on Canadian passports since August of 2017.

The potiental closing of Range Road 144 N has everyone in Dauphin talking.

Some residents and a business made a delegation to have it closed on the basis of too much dust and high traffic.

The city passed a resolution to barricade it and stated they’re waiting on the R.M. to make a decision.

Dennis Forbes, Reeve for the R.M. noted a decision on this was already made.

“We discussed this subject with the people involved and at that time a couple months back, our decision was at that time, we would keep the road open."

He explained that its’ not so simple as to just pass a resolution to close a road.

“I haven’t experience a process of going through the steps to close a road, but some of our staff have. I understand that the road is not our road, it’s a Crown Right of Way and we are the guardians of it.  The process is a two to three year timeframe to close any crown road; applications have to be made and reasons given.”

Forbes noted their office, as well as the Council have been receiving a flood of calls from the public wanting that road to stay open.

The city is making a delegation at the R.M.’s next meeting on June 12 to present their case for barricading it.

The City of Dauphin has a new way to control the number of mosquitos in the community.

They partnered with the Communities in Bloom committee and hired two local groups, the DRCSS, and the Hero Club, to build bat houses.

City of Dauphin Assistant CAO, Sharla Griffiths explains how this non-chemical way of controlling bugs works.

“Bat houses are a place that can roost and feel comfortable. Sometimes natural habitat is compromised with development in the area with things like wires or extra tree branches. So by having a bat house, it will promote more bats to live in an area.”

Griffiths explains that these types of houses should be in place before April 1st, so anyone placing them in their yards this year has to wait until next spring for bats to roost. 

She also read statistics that bats can eat up to 1000 insects a night. 

There are two styles to choose from and cost either $35 or $50 and can be picked up at city hall.

Winnipeg Police overtime costs for the Jets Whiteout parties are an astronomical $788,000.

A report stated before the whiteout parties, the overtime budget for the police was under for the year, but now is over.

In the future, the Winnipeg Police Chief has asked for more time in advance to plan for events such as these.

True North Entertainment will be releasing their share of the costs for policing services on Monday.